Supporting a totally debased culture *UPDATED*

One thing I have to give credit to Barack Obama for being is a complete pragmatist, even if that pragmatism operates to the exclusion of moral decency.  Witness his decision to jettison Israel entirely (something Elliott Abrams explains carefully here) in order to placate the Muslim world.  Many think that Obama’s affinity for the Muslim world has a lot to do with his upbringing, although that’s mere speculation.  (I wouldn’t doubt it, but it’s still speculative.)

Much more likely, though, because it’s been an oft expressed sentiment on the Left for years, is that Obama is animated by the pragmatic belief that the Muslim world hates us because we support Israel and, if we’d just stop that support, they’d stop hating us.  If this theory is correct, the benefits that would flow from sacrificing Israel would be obvious:  cheap oil and no suicide bombers.  If you’re goal driven, it’s a worthwhile experiment.  After all, Jews have died before and they’ll die again, but peace in the Middle East is a once in a lifetime experience.  (And who cares if its the kind of peace only Tacitus would recognize?  Atque, ubi solitudinem faciunt, pacem appellant.)

The problem with this type of bottom-line pragmatism is that you have to sell your soul to achieve it.  Aside from running the risk of exposing a liberal democratic nation to nuclear annihilation (or just good old-fashioned machete slaughter), you also find yourself sending almost a billion dollars in aid to people who espouse values you might find just a little bit, just a wee bit, antithetical to your own.  We know about the misogyny, the homophobia, the antisemitism, and the anti-Christianity that characterize the Muslim world.

(Thinking about it, we ought to find new words than ones I used to describe Middle Eastern Muslim culture.  In America, those words lack punch, because in practice, they involve saying mean things about woman or gays or Jews or Christians, or depriving them of jobs or housing or, very, very occasionally, physical attacks.  In the Muslim world, the word “misogyny” means women have no legal rights, suffer regular physical abuse, including genital mutilation, and are regular victims of honor killings; homophobia means that gays are tortured and executed; “antisemitism” means a cultural press for total genocide; and anti-Christianity means that Christians are dispossessed, expelled and killed.  You know a culture is bad when it demands a whole new vocabulary to be intelligible.  But as is often the case, I digress.)

But if you thought those were the only things that need change in a culture that Obama proposes become our ally against the Jews, you’re wrong.  At Brutally Honest, Rick exposes yet another stomach churning aspect of Muslim culture.

In the culture of alcohol and drug abuse, a well recognized person in the game of addiction is the enabler:

An enabler in most definitions is a person who through his or her actions allows someone else to achieve something. Most often the term enabler is associated with people who allow loved ones to behave in ways that are destructive. For example, an enabler wife of an alcoholic might continue to provide the husband with alcohol. A person might be an enabler of a gambler or compulsive spender by lending them money to get out of debt.

The West has always been a Muslim enabler, whether it’s by buying Muslim oil (which we admittedly have needed, especially because we refuse to produce our own), or by funding to the tune of billions of dollars the most corrupt, hate-filled governments on planet earth.  Barack Obama is taking it to a new level.  Voters need to look inside themselves and see whether they want to take a gamble on pragmatism that sees them supporting these same governments, or if they want to continue to exist on the side of greater truth and morality.  I know where I fall.  Sadly, I also know where my president falls.

UPDATERick cautions that the video to which he linked might not be as it seems.  Nevertheless, I stand by everything else I said, and the possibility that Rick’s video isn’t as bad as it looks doesn’t change the basic tenor of my post.

UPDATE II:  Today, it’s a story out of Sudan regarding the misogynistic cruelty committed in Islam’s name.  And just reflexively, I’ll ask:  Where’s NOW now?

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  • Charles Martel

    Book, I’m curious about how Mr. Book and your Jewish friends view Obama’s increasingly overt anti-Semitism. What do they say when you point it out?

  • suek

    “…is that you have to sell your soul…”

    if you _have_ a soul…

  • Mike Devx

    Here’s an article, “Barack Obama, Laughingstock” highlighting a new political idea/meme just getting kicked off in… Los Angeles, CA, of all places!

    If this catches on, it will be unstoppable. It’s wonderful. Take a look at what someone or some group has begun.

  • Mike Devx

    This is the Barack Obama who, after the world learned he had a brother in Kenya struggling to survive on pennies per day, declared “I am my brother’s keeper”, and yet of all his millions has not lifted a finger to help that brother out. Who has an Auntie Zeituni who for years lived (as an illegal alien) in one of Boston’s very worst slums, in very difficult circumstances, also was the beneficiary of Obama’s loving kindness to the tune of ZERO.

    This is why I like it when Obama is referred to as ZERO. The big OH.

    This is the same Obama who, in Dream Of My Father, reported on his big cultural trip to Kenya to discover his roots. He discovered that he had “a responsibility to family and community” as a result of his trip. That incredible personal awakening has caused him to spend his millions in making life better for his family.

    Uh… not quite. He’s spent ZERO. Instead he wants to seize *your* money so you can do it for him.

    Gee, ZERO. Thanks. And go to hell.

  • Bookworm

    To feed into the Birther zeitgeist, maybe Obama didn’t help these people because he knows they’re not actually his relatives.

  • Charles Martel

    Or, as Cain told God when God inquired about his sibling, Abel, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

    Apparently not.

  • rockdalian

    Charles Martel,

    I wonder if this even bothers a lot of the Jews that voted for Obama.

    ‘Heeb’: Brought to You By the Director of ‘Schindler’s List’

    You have to wonder what it is going to wake these people up.

  • Charles Martel


    I am at a loss for words. I sent your link to my Jewish wife and implored her to wake up.

    I am not optimistic. American Jews are in a slumber. They do not want to be reminded how marginal Jews can quickly become even in a place as blessed as America—especially an America run by the nihilists and haters of the left.

    They particularly don’t want to suffer the agony of realizing that the sweet man they put into office, who afforded them the cheap grace of voting for somebody black, is the most anti-Semitic president in U.S. history.

  • Bookworm

    A Jewish email group to which I belong has been discussing the images in the link Gringo provided. There’s been a lot of back and forth about whether to give the execrable Rosanne Barr the publicity she so desperately craves. I fell into the latter category. It was just too awful to focus scrutiny on that terrible woman.

    She’s a simplistic exhibitionist, of course. The real problem is the magazine that prints those things. I understand that “Heeb” is for hip, young Jews who aren’t afraid in this post-deconstructionist age, to poke a little bit of fun at serious subjects such as the murder of 6 million. Again, I can’t decide whether to blog or to ignore.

  • Mike Devx

    As the article said, about the magazine ‘Heeb’:

    The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed outrage at a shocking parody in the winter 2004 issue of Heeb Magazine that plays on the recent controversy surrounding Mel Gibson’s film “The Passion of the Christ.” Among other destructive images, the magazine’s “Crimes of Passion” photo display portrays Jesus as a sex object with his genitalia wrapped in a Jewish prayer shawl. The Virgin Mary is shown as a seductress with exposed breasts and body piercings.

    They’re hip! They’re rad! They’re rude! Dude! They totallyrock!

    Until suddenly they’re being attacked on the streets in the evenings by shadowy “youths”. Until suddenly they’re afraid to go out at night because their heads are being split open by these “youths” wielding iron bars and baseball bats.

    Floating along frivolously, ignorant of history and unashamed by their ignorance. Cocooned and safe as little children, until suddenly, they’re not safe anymore. And they will cry out, “How can this be happening, in America?”

    Because you helped it happen, kiddos. You helped it happen.

  • Charles Martel

    Because you helped it happen, kiddos. You helped it happen.”


    As always, you are spot on.

    She’s a simplistic exhibitionist, of course. The real problem is the magazine that prints those things. I understand that “Heeb” is for hip, young Jews who aren’t afraid in this post-deconstructionist age, to poke a little bit of fun at serious subjects such as the murder of 6 million. Again, I can’t decide whether to blog or to ignore.”

    Blog, Book, blog. It’s time to awaken those of our beloved Jewish brethren who will still listen and stir them to action. The rough beast that has been slouching toward Bethlehem is now at the city’s gates. We must all become Horatios at those gates.

  • Ymarsakar

    Gee, ZERO. Thanks. And go to hell.

    He doesn’t have to go to Hell. He will make this land into an extension of Hell. He will open our gates to the minions of darkness and implore them to make grand this nation of ours.

    Obama’s not going to Hell. We all are.

  • suek

    >>expressed outrage at a shocking parody in the winter 2004 issue of Heeb Magazine >>

    And well they might. Use of sexual imagery to ridicule social/religious mores is the same method that has been used on our Christian culture for the last 60 years to destroy those same mores. Jews have been under attack physically for centuries, but I don’t think anyone’s ever tried to attack them by pulling their children out of their culture. Get the young people out of the mold, let the old people die, and you can form a new culture.

    They’ve succeeded with Christians to a large extent – will they succeed with Jews?

    How do you counter this sort of thing?